It’s hard for me to believe that it’s been just 9 weeks since we launched Pandora. In that time you’ve created over 1 million stations, starting from 70,000 unique songs and artists. I really can’t imagine a more gratifying response. Easily the best part of all of this has been interacting with many of you via email and in the blogosphere. Thanks for all the great product and music suggestions. It’s been a blast.
We’ve been busy working on the second version of Pandora and we’re launching today. We’re adding new features and an entirely new way to enjoy Pandora.
On the feature front, you’ve told us loud and clear that you want a way to keep track of the music you’re discovering on Pandora. So we’ve added a “favorites” feature that lets you add songs to your very own Pandora personal page. Just click on the album art when you hear a song you love and select “Add to Your Favorites Page” from the menu. Your favorites page is a great consolidated shopping list of all he music you’re discovering on Pandora. You can even share your personal page with friends — who knows maybe they’ll get the hint about what to get you the next time your birthday rolls around, There are easy links to Amazon and iTunes right on the page. We’ve also (finally) given you the ability to review and edit all of the work you’ve put into your stations. Just click the little triangle next to a station name and select “Edit this Station”. You’ll see all the feedback you’ve given (thumbs up/down) as well as the songs and artists you’ve added with the “Add More Kinds of Music” feature. Make changes till your heart’s content. You can even use this same feature to look at the definitions for stations that your friends have sent you. While those are the big, obvious new features, we’ve also been hard at work on playlist generation and we think you’ll find that Pandora does a better job now of responding quickly to your feedback and plays better musical mixes. This is a never-ending quest for us; expect playlists to get better each time we release a new version. That’s our core mission. This release we’ve made some very big strides with our Electronica playlists in particular. We think they’re much improved; let us know what you think! Finally we’ve been polishing up lots of little stuff throughout the interface. We think it’s the little things that matter, so we hope you like those changes too.
The other big piece of news is that we’ve opened the doors on an entirely new way to listen to Pandora. You see we’d planned to launch an ad-supported, free version of Pandora next year, but the sheer volume of new listeners that have found Pandora in the past 9 weeks led us to accelerate our timetable for offering the ad-supported, free version of Pandora. So, starting today, you have a choice: you can listen to ad-supported Pandora for free, or you can subscribe and experience an entirely ad-free version. It’s completely your choice. The service has exactly the same features either way. We’re still experimenting with the right way to bring advertising to Pandora, so you’ll notice us playing with different advertising forms over the coming months. We’d love to know what you think as we work through this. We’re dedicated to mixing advertising into the experience in a way that doesn’t detract from your music discovery experience.
So it’s been an incredible, busy, fun, exciting, exhausting, and thrilling couple of months here. We’re loving every minute of it. Thank you for being a part of it. As always, we love to hear your thoughts and critiques about what we’re doing. Please don’t hesitate to drop us an email or leave a comment here.
This is just the beginning. There’s lots of great stuff to come and we want your help in shaping the evolution of Pandora. It’s sure been a great collaboration so far.
-Tom
CTO @ Pandora
PS: For those of you in the Bay Area, we’re really hoping to meet you tonight at the first Pandora meetup. We hope you can make it!

Comments

  1. oliver
    December 05, 2005 at 8:22pm
    Awesome and thank you were my first two thoughts upon entering this site! I just discovered this site am not only very impressed with the Music Genome Project in general,but the way you've integrated the compiled information into a very useful(and free)personalized, streamed,online music station. The seperate window/control-panel would def. make it even more user friendly. I've already told a few friends about this site and am going to email the link to my contact list. Again,THANK YOU!
  2. Karen Jones
    December 06, 2005 at 2:39am
    I like it. I like it a lot. May I have a box to put on my site so people can grab it? KJ
  3. mimteatr
    December 07, 2005 at 4:14am
    GREAT!! ....questions: 1. is it only limited to english "singing" music? 2. a downloadable version will be available?
  4. drew
    December 08, 2005 at 8:17am
    wow,,,this is amazing. i've been listening to the station for "Landing" for 2 days. not to mention a "boredoms" station. my only (minor) request? get us on here! everything, now! amazing site.
  5. Beethoven
    December 09, 2005 at 8:55am
    Your system doesn't know Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart? He's that young longhaired upstart from Germany that's been "rockin' em" with that weird sounding music recently. You really ought to listen to some of it. Sounds like he just might be destined for greatness. But then, what do I know? I can't even hear. Have a nice day :o)
  6. wendy
    December 09, 2005 at 8:46pm
    ya'll are distracting me from my homework!! j/k :) you guys are incredible! i love discovering websites/technology where you know the innovators are passionate people that continue to work hard to improve and evolve their craft. makes me feel so privilaged to have found you all. thank you thank you for all your hard work! keep bustin it out like rockstars!
  7. Karen Jones
    December 10, 2005 at 6:11am
    Hey its not good enough to have 'like it'/ 'don't like it'. Sometimes I 'like it but am not in the mood for it' but don't want to give it a thumbs down? What is a girl to do? I need a third option. 'In the mood to skip'? All the above means I love it but want it better, quicker, personalised more. Ta.
  8. Sandy
    December 10, 2005 at 10:41am
    Amazing site. I can't bring myself to turn it off. Many thanks.
  9. Adam Gould
    December 14, 2005 at 5:27am
    is there ant classical music to find ?
  10. Not R
    December 30, 2005 at 5:58pm
    Suggestion: I can scroll back to take actions regarding recently played songs; how about letting me scroll forward to do the same with the next few songs coming up? If I hate the next song, for instance, let me say so now rather than playing it and having to count it against how many songs I can skip.

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